The 8th Annual LZ Area Taste of the Towns
Sunday, August 24, 2014
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park
200 S. Rand Road

The “Taste” event has grown to become one of the Lake Zurich area’s most popular events with families and friends attending annually.  The event focus is on the food and beverage vendors who feature “tastes” of their signature items.  In the past, attendees have enjoyed tastes from local gourmet  businesses like Julio’s Latin Café, Biaggi’s, and On Occasion Catering & Events and beverages from vendors like d’Vine Wine & Gifts, Binny’s Beverage Depot, Trader Joe’s, and many more.  This community event showcases area food and beverage outlets focusing on quality, not quantity.

In addition to the featured food and beverages, attendees enjoy many free family activities and musical entertainment including “Paint the Car” provided by Casten Auto Body, Climbing Wall provided by Foglia YMCA, Pitching competitions by Go Hardball Training Academy, arts & crafts activities for kids by local daycare facilities, dance from Trilogy School of Performing Arts, and music throughout the event.

Entrance to the park is free, so all park goers are welcome to enjoy the entertainment and family activities.  Those interested in enjoying the many “Tastes” of food and beverages must purchase a Tasting Menu.  Tasting Menus allows attendees to receive one “Taste” of food and/or beverage from every vendor.  Tasting Menus are limited and can be purchased in advance of the event for a discounted rate.  Last year the menus sold out so pre-purchase your menus to assure your spot! Tasting Menus can be purchased on line by clicking on the following link:  PURCHASE TASTING MENUS.

The annual Taste of the Towns is a great opportunity to bring family, friends, and neighbors together for tasting the foods you always wanted to try, and enjoy live entertainment and family activities in beautiful Paulus Park.  Think of it as Taste of Chicago without the parking hassles and exorbitant costs.  Great time for families, friends and neighbors to get together – bring chairs, blankets and your appetite!

Proceeds from the event help to fund programs and services provided by the LZ Area Chamber of Commerce, like the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Bacchus Nibbles
-Burrata Cheese w/Cherry Tomato & Crostini & Wine Tasting
Beelow’s SteakhouseAssorted Craft Beers

Biaggi’s Restaurant Italiano – Bruschetta of marinated chorizo, white bean ‘hummus’     and homemade pickled snap peas.  **Gluten free option available**  Beverage:  Aperol & Prosecco Cocktail and Blood Orange Spritzer

Bobbers – Mini Burger sliders & lemonade

Chasers Sports Bar & Grill – Wings, Philly Cheese Sandwiches, Pizza

Chick-fil-A – Sweet &Un-Sweet Teas and Gourmet Coffee
Copper Fiddle Distillery – Bourbon Whiskey . . . Tom Gin (Barrel Gin)  . . . Fiddle Gin 
Couture Cupcake Cafe – Fat Elvis Cupcakes – Caramelized banana cake with peanut butter and applewood smoked bacon baked inside and topped with peanut butter buttercream.      Mocha Caramel Cupcake – French & Belgian chocolate cake stuffed with French caramel, topped with Madagascar Vanilla bean and dark chocolate ganache.
d’Vine Wine & Gifts – Wine Tasting:  Podium Moscato, Botacura Chardonnay,    Stella Pinot Grigio, Alba Cabernet Sauvignon and        Renwood old vine Zinfandel.

Eduardo’s Catering – Assorted Appetizers
Enzo & Lucia Restorante – Farfalle Alla Donna

Fat Bottomed Girls – Scandalous Chocolate Torte with Caramel and Sea Salt
Fresh Market – Chicken Salad, Broccoli Kale Slaw and Kitchen Sink Cookies

Little Caesars Pizza – Classic Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, Deep Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza
My Flavor It! Place – Flavored Shaved Ice
On Occasion Catering & Events – Chicken Beurre Blanc with Toasted Brown Butter Orzo
Orchard Prime Meats – Variety of Homemade Sausages
Scoreboard Bar & Grill – Variety of Pizza

Senior Margarita – Frozen Drinks
Trader Joe’s – Lentil Cilantro Dip served with Quinoa and Black Bean Chips, Vintjs Heritage Varietal Red Wine,  Pancake Big Day White Wine, McIntosh Apple Juice and Schoolbook Cookies


Wristband Sponsor:
State Representative Ed Sullivan, Jr
Adult “Sippy” Cup Sponsors: 

Grooms Insurance Logo 320 x 75

Diamond Dental Logo


Tasting Menu Sponsors:
Lake County Representative Craig Taylor
Susan E. Kamman & Associates
Beverage Tent Sponsors:
Businesswomen Connected
T & M Muller Exteriors, Inc.
Children’s Activities Sponsors:
Casten Body Shop
Go Hardball Training Academy
Bright Horizons at Kemper
Entertainment Sponsors:
Avalon Salon & Day Spa
Lake County Representative Craig Taylor
Trilogy School of Performing Arts
T-Shirt Sponsors:
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Avalon Salon & Day Spa
Barrington Bank & Trust
Cornerstone National Bank & Trust
Daily Herald
Grooms Insurance
Inland Bank
Pioneer Press
Melon Ink Screen Print, Embroidery, Promotions
Table Sponsors:
Advanced Security Technologies
American Chartered Bank
Casten Body Shop
McNamara Interactive, Inc.
Melon Ink Screen Print
Sport Clips
Chris Geimer Design
Inland Bank
On Occasion Catering
Aerial Photo Sponsor:
Call Me Social Butterfly
Friends Sponsors:
Chris Geimer Design
Foglia YMCA
Hawthorn Woods Family Dental Care
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Interface Financial Group
Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Mindful Mix
Pat Muir Agency
Pathmann Construction Management
PMG Wealth Management
BHHS Starck Real Estate/Gy Sathe
R-H Insurance Group
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